26 Journalists from different media houses operating in Rwanda completed a practical training aimed at equipping them with skills they need to report on issues regarding Climate change, Disaster Management, and Environmental protection.
The practical training held from 24-27 September 2020 in Musanze, Karongi, Muhanga District was organized by the Media High Council in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management, REMA, and METEO RWANDA. It came after a theoretical training held via Webex, where journalists were taken through the status of environmental protection in Rwanda, climate change and disaster risk mitigation and prevention reporting, and their role in disaster management.
While visiting the teams in their respective field working area, the Executive Secretary of the Media High Council, Peacemaker Mbungiramihigo, said that the purpose of the training is not only to equip journalists with skills to report on the aforementioned issues but also learn to work in a team.
“We aim to enhance your skills in reporting on issues regarding climate, disaster, and environment protection professionally, but also learn to work in a team and share knowledge for you to do stories that can impact the development of the citizens and the country in general. “He said.
He added that the Media High Council has started to put much effort into specialized reporting, for journalists to have all the knowledge they need to report on a different area.
Twarabanye Venuste, a journalist at agronews.rw, said that the training was an opportunity for him to understand the causes and consequences of climate change.
“This gave me more knowledge to prepare the public to live with the impacts of climate change and educate them on how to take appropriate actions to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.”
For Kayitare Jean Bosco from Hobe Rwanda Magazine, the training made him understand the importance of working as a team, and learn from others.”
To ease accessibility to training, the Media High Council plan to establish an e-learning center, where journalists can access training materials anytime and anywhere and will put much effort into specialized reporting.
Prepared by: MUKANEZA Marie Ange
Public Relations and Communication Officer